Victor Angelo is currently the chief executive of DuniaMundo, an international affairs consultancy firm, and a Senior International Advisor on governance, crisis management and security, working with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, the Community of the Portuguese Speaking Countries CPLP and other institutions. He is also a newspaper columnist on international affairs for the Portuguese weekly magazine Visão.
Mr Angelo is a former Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General, and worked for the U.N. in various conflict-related capacities over 32 years. Mr Angelo served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad, heading the UN peacekeeping mission, MINURCAT, from February 2008 to March 2010. Prior to that, Mr Angelo served as the Secretary-General’s Executive Representative for Sierra Leone from January 2006 to December 2007, heading the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL).
Mr Angelo had earlier served as UN Humanitarian and Resident Co-ordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Zimbabwe from September 2000 to September 2004.
Thomas Greminger is currently Deputy Director General (with the title of Ambassador) and Head of Regional Cooperation, at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Before this position, Ambassador Greminger was a Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OSCE, the United Nations, and the international organizations in Vienna. In the framework of Switzerland’s OSCE Chairmanship 2014, he chaired the Permanent Council of the OSCE.
Previously in his career Ambassador Greminger headed the Political Affairs Division IV (PDIV) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The PDIV is Foreign Affairs’ main competence-centre for peace and human rights, as well as for humanitarian and migration policy. PDIV offers and supports facilitation and mediation services to more than half a dozen peace processes worldwide, including those in the Middle East, Colombia, Nepal, Burundi, Sudan, and West Africa.
Ambassador Greminger also served in the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, including a period as the country-director of Switzerland’s cooperation programme with Mozambique from 1999 to 2001.